No offense, but sometimes beauty queens are better off sticking to blathering on about world peace -- not weighing in on gay marriage.
But try telling that to Miss Beverly Hills Lauren Ashley, whose recent anti-gay comments made to Fox 411 been condemned by the City of Beverly Hills, Fox News' Pop Tarts reports.
The 23-year-old Miss California USA hopeful riled feathers last week when she told Pop Tarts that she opposed gay marriage, quoting a passage from the Bible's Old Testament. (Click above to watch another video interview in which Ashley discusses plastic surgery and how praying to God gives her mother a youthful complexion.)
"If man lies with mankind as he would lie with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination," Ashley reportedly quoted in the Fox interview. "They shall surely be put to death and their blood shall be upon them."
Needless to say, the tiaras hit the fan, with media headlines reportedly claiming that the beauty queen wanted gays put to death.
Now, Ashley's "hometown" of Beverly Hills -- Miss California contestants reportedly get to choose which cities they represent, regardless of their actual address -- has blasted her non-PC statements.
"The City of Beverly Hills today denounced statements made by Miss California USA contestant Lauren Ashley, the self-described Miss Beverly Hills," the city said in a news release.
"Ms. Ashley resides in Pasadena and is currently a contestant for the Miss California USA title. She does not represent Beverly Hills in any capacity.
"The City of Beverly Hills strongly condemns Ms. Ashley's recent statements and has contacted pageant officials to determine ways to formally prevent any beauty contestants claiming the title of Miss Beverly Hills in the future."
9021 -- whoa! Phyllis Nefler would be proud.
The City Council is reportedly deciding whether or not to take the matter up with the Miss Universe Organization. In the meantime, a few people have risen to the defense of Ashley, whose controversial comments recall the anti-gay marriage statements made by former Miss California Carrie Prejean.
"I'm not surprised that Miss Beverly Hills, Lauren Ashley, opposes gay marriage -- after all, 45 percent of young Californians voted for Prop 8, as did 7 million Californians generally," Maggie Gallagher, president of the National Organization for Marriage, told the source.
"But I have to say, I am impressed with her courage in coming forward and for speaking up for Carrie. The elected officials of the City of Beverly Hills are not demonstrating tolerance or kindness by continuing the avalanche of hatred against supporters of Prop 8."
Hmmm. We can't wait to see what Ashley comes up with for the talent portion -- squeezing her entire foot in her mouth?
Meanwhile, check out this beauty queen swimsuit photo shoot.